Our Staff

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Kimberly Aguirre

 

Kimberly  Aguirre has been dancing since 1984.  At age 6, Kimberly  started  dancing at Worley-Ellis Dance Studio in Willcox, AZ.  She never  thought  she would take her knowledge of dance and one day own her very  own  dance studio.
 

 After high school Kimberly attend college  at  Pima Community College working on her general education classes.   She  then attended Northern Arizona University statewide program in  Thatcher,  AZ.  In 2000, Kimberly graduated with a Bachelors degree in  Elementary  Education and is an Arizona state certified teacher.
 

In January  of 2002, Kimberly took over a  dance studio called Backstage Dance.  This  was a dance studio run out  of the local community center in the  Continental Ranch area of Tucson,  AZ. 
 

​Certifications & Licenses
-Yoga:  Level 1, Level 2, Senior, Prenatal/Postpartum
-Zumba:  Basic 1, Basic 2, Zumba Kids, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Zumba Core, Zumba Glutes
-Above the Barre
-R.I.P.P.E.D
-PiYo Live, CIZE Live
-Core Conditioning Specialist, Lifestyle & Weight Management Specialist
-CPR/AED and First Aid
-ACE Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist

Lauren "Lola" McLain

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  Lauren is originally from Virginia where she was introduced to dance at   the age of 3.  Her training included many years of the Cecchetti  method  of ballet, tap, jazz, acro, pointe, lyrical, and modern.  She  performed  annually in the Nutcracker and was a featured dancer in  several  community theater performances.  Lauren became a teacher  assistant at  the age of 14 and began teaching her own classes at the  age of 16.  She  studied dance at George Mason University in Fairfax,  Virginia graduating  with honors.  Lauren attended the Dance Teacher  Summit in NYC in 2010  and 2012.  With over a decade of experience,  dance education has been  and still remains Lauren’s main passion in  life.  She is excited to  share her love of dance with students in  Tucson after relocating to  Arizona in 2015 with her husband and  daughter.   

Jennifer Torres

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Jennifer   has had a lifelong interest in Latin Dancing. She got her first taste   of Latin music through her grandparents. They would play music around   the house, sing in the church spanish choir, and they would always be   one of the first couples on the dance floor at family functions. While   growing up in Willcox, AZ Jennifer danced to Ranchera, Mariachi, and   Cumbia music, to name a few. Jennifer moved to Tucson in 1997 and  always  kept her eyes, and ears open for new Latin music. In 2001 while  working  at a local restaurant and club she found the music she was  meant to  dance to....SALSA! She has taken some classes from some local  Tucson  instructors but most of her dance experience comes from the  dance floor  of local clubs and salsa parties. Salsa dancing even lead  her to meet  her husband in 2008.
 

Certifications & Licenses
 

Zumba: Basic 1, Basic 2, Zumba Toning
AFAA Group Fitness
R.I.P.P.E.D
CPR/AED and First Aid

Aynsley Bosse

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 Aynsley taught elementary school in Tucson for 9 years and joined our  team as a fitness instructor after taking classes here at the studio.  She and her husband have 2 Mexican rescue dogs named Mushroom and Visa  at home. She loves scuba diving and traveling. 


Certifications & Licenses


Zumba:  Basic 1, Zumba Strong

CPR/AED and First Aid

Lauren Wood

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Lauren was born in Phoenix, AZ, but soon moved to  Calma, Chile where  she had her first ballet class.  Upon moving back to  the states, Lauren  started taking ballet classes at Dance Innovations  under instructor,  Elizabeth Sims.
 

At age 12, Lauren began en pointe, which only   increased her love for classical ballet.  During her 11 years of dance,   Lauren has taken hip hop, lyrical, jazz, and contemporary, although   ballet and pointe continue to be her favorite.

Alexa Anderson

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Alexa  started dancing at age 12 right here at Pointe of Grace!  She has  danced jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, and acro.  She has  also participated in her high school dance team where she competed in 3  competitions which included nationals.  

Alexa  is also active in her church where she volunteers with VBS.  She loves  baby goats and coffee.  Alexa especially loves sharing her passion of  dance with others!

Becky Drozdowski

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Becky  was born and raised outside of Binghamton, NY.  She left in 1994 when  she joined the Air Force and was stationed at Davis-Monthan here in  Tucson.  She was a runner her whole life starting, starting in junior  high with track and cross-country.  Becky was introduced to cardio dance  fitness when she started attending REFIT classes in 2015.  She  instantly fell in love with the format and was certified as an  instructor in February of 2016.

Becky  is also an active member of FCF Tucson where she volunteers in the  toddler ministry.  She has three sons whom she homeschools as well.


Certifications & Licenses


AFAA Group Fitness Instructor

REFIT

PiYo

Jackie Whately

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Jackie began practicing yoga in 2002 at various gym settings. By  2006, she had fallen in love with the practice.  In 2008,  after taking a Level 1 YogaFit training, she knew she wanted more.  She graduated with a 200 hour training in March of 2010.
It  was during her 200 hour training  that Jackie found herself immediately intrigued  by a new and unique teaching style, which encompassed spirituality,  devotion, chanting, and sacred teachings.  In May of 2012, she received training for 500 hours in this style.  At  that time, she was given the Sanskrit name “Ananda”, which means bliss. 
Jackie  is also a massage therapist. She brings her knowledge of anatomy and holistic health to  her classes and enjoys deepening her students’ practice with nurturing  hands-on adjustments. Savasana, the final resting pose in every yoga  practice, is heavenly in Jackie’s classes, with the added touch of  massage.
Jackie was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA.  She  recently moved here to Tucson, AZ with her husband Walter and their two  children, Gavin and Kiera.  Jackie enjoys gardening, riding her bike,  hiking, running, listening to live music and exploring Tucson with her  family.

Certifications & Licenses

Yoga:  ERYT 200, RYT 500

Massage: LMT

CPR/AED and First Aid

Katie Hill

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Katie Hill started dancing at the age of 3 in hula classes.  At age 6, she moved to Willcox, AZ and started dancing at Worley-Ellis Dance Studio.  Katie has studied tap, ballet (contemporary & classical), lyrical, jazz, hip hop and has danced on pointe since she was 11.  She received her Associates Degree from Eastern Arizona College and in 2003 took over Worley-Ellis Dance Studio and created Encore Dance Academy and Encore Elite Dance Company.  Katie was an elementary physical education instructor for 3 years.  She was director of Dance Dimensions at Limelight Productions in Sierra Vista, AZ and she served as the Childrens Director for local productions with the Moscow Ballet.  She also works as a reading interventionist at Willcox Elementary School and serves as Vice President of the Willcox Chamber of Commerce. Katie has over 20 years experience as a choreographer and instructor and is excited to be working with POG.  

Certifications & Licenses

CPR/AED and First Aide

ALICE Safety Training 

Courtney Lewis

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Courtney is a lover of music, movement and family! And for her, Zumba and Zumbini combine all those passions! As a teenager in Texas, Courtney considered herself a non-dancer. That all changed the day she, her mom and sister attended their first Zumba class! They all were instantly hooked. Fast forward to 2014, she and those same ladies became certified Zumba instructors! Courtney has taught Zumba at private studios in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma and is excited to now teach at Pointe of Grace in Tucson, AZ!

Courtney is a wife and mother of 3 young children. She is passionate about using the power of music to positively influence lives. After realizing her kids didn’t exactly love Zumba tunes (what’s wrong with them?!), and she herself wasn’t crazy about their nursery rhymes (Wee Willy Winky? Weally?), she was thrilled to discover Zumbini! Come join her class and find out for yourself the power of music, movement and bonding between caregiver and child! 

Certifications & Licenses

Zumba Basic 1, Zumbini

Christie Kerr

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Christie began her dance training at the age of 3 in her hometown of  Littleton, Colorado.  Through the years Christie has trained at many  prestigious studios and with many master teachers.  She has worked  throughout the USA as a choreographer, teacher, performer and director.   Christie has recently moved to Tucson from Chicago, IL where she was an  Adjunct Professor at Columbia College, Chicago in the Musical Theatre  Department.  In addition, she taught at many different dance studios in  the Chicagoland area.  Christie is new to Tucson and is an Assistant  Professor of Musical Theatre at The University of Arizona.  A graduate  of The University of Michigan, Christie holds a BFA Degree in Musical  Theater Performance. 

Nicholle Bale

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Nicholle began dancing at the age of three in Eugene Oregon. Beginning with classical ballet, she also found a love for tap and jazz and continued on to pointe. She spent much of her childhood performing from the smallest of venues to the Eugene Hult Center of Performing Arts, where she signed the same backstage walls next to all the famous dancers that graced the stage before her.

Nando Ledzema

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Coming Soon!